Wondering why everyone around you is going gaga over Android and iOS while a good phone like the Nokia N8 isn't on everyone's wishlist this season? I wouldn't be wrong to say that it's got quite an impressive hardware - the awesome camera, the aluminum body, crazy connectivity options like USB and HDMI out of the box. But its not the hardware that people had the problem with, it was the software. The Symbian^3 OS on-board wasn't as intuitive to use as the competing Google Android or Apple iOS. Another important aspect where people would favor the latter two over Symbian is the huge number and richer variety of apps available for those platforms.
So, have apps actually taken that big an importance that you'll sacrifice good hardware in lieu of it? We thought of asking our peeps the same and this is what we got:
So, as you can see, people are clearly focused on apps. Over 50 percent people said that apps were the most important to them in a smartphone. They also admit to downloading new ones as they come. Next is followed by a category that I'd personally fit in - 34 percent voters aren't app-maniacs, but at the same time need those few basic apps to work on their smartphone.
A small 9 percent admitted to not giving a rat's hiney about apps - it's all about the basic feature set to work like clock-work for them I guess. Another smaller 4 percent form a unique crowd - people who download only games and not apps on their smartphones. This trend is shockingly opposite of one reported by The New York Times, where the majority of people download games more than anything else. Seems like our audience isn't only interested in downloading games but other apps too.
Techtree reader Krish from Bangalore encourages people using smartphones to go ahead and try out new apps, "The whole point of Android is the availability to meddle with the system and construct new and personalized apps. What would be the point if u dont want to download apps; the whole purpose would be defeated. Why not go for 'Un-Smart' phones in that case???" he says.
Are you apps-crazy too? Leave us a comment and let us know.